Mitsubishi has lifted the curtain on the EMIRAI S, a new concept car that will make its debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The smart vehicle comes equipped with a slew of connected features, including speech control and biometric driver monitoring.
The Driver Monitoring System is designed to make driving safer, tracking multiple biometric modalities to detect drowsiness or fatigue. The solution uses sensors to measure the driver’s heart rate and body temperature, and integrates face tracking tech to make sure the driver’s eyes stay on the road.
Mitsubishi has also installed its proprietary Human Machine Interface (HMI) AI, which allows drivers to issue vocal commands without the need for a trigger word. To that end, the cameras in the car help isolate different speakers, which in turn allows the EMIRAI S to distinguish casual speech from explicit voice commands while people are chatting in the car.
Both features are in keeping with the latest trends in the world of connected cars, with biometric Driver Monitoring Systems becoming an increasingly popular safety feature in the past few years. Subaru garnered considerable praise for the Eyesight Driver Assist Tech in the 2019 Forester, while companies like NXP and Hitachi have been working to develop their own driver monitoring solutions.
AI voice assistants are similarly in vogue with car manufacturers. While Mitsubishi has developed its own HMI platform, others have turned to third parties to enable conversational voice interactions, with BMW standing as one of several car companies that have integrated Nuance’s AI tech in the past few months alone.
The other major EMIRAI S feature is a crossed-image display that delivers 3D images and holographic visual effects, although it’s unclear how the system will be utilized in the vehicle. The EMIRAI S will be on display at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition complex from October 24 to November 4.